The Green Bay Packers sit at 2-2 after the first four weeks of the 2023 NFL season. Coming into the year, most of the Green Bay faithful would have been happy with a .500 record heading into Week 5.
But the way in which the Packers have arrived at their 2-2 record is rather unsettling. The Packers boat-raced the Chicago Bears in Week 1, only to be outscored 13-0 in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Packers amazingly squeaked out a come-from-behind victory against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, only to get the doors blown off in their Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions.
So, figuring this team out has been a rather trying experience for Green Bay Packers fans so far this season. Nonetheless, let's see if we can piece together how the next five games will turn out for the Packers.
Packers at Raiders (Week 5)
Under the lights of Monday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers have a date in Vegas against head coach Josh McDaniels and the Raiders. It's not yet known who'll be under center for Las Vegas after Jimmy Garoppolo missed the Raiders' last game due to his inability to clear concussion protocol.
Without Jimmy G, the Raiders would be forced to hand the reins to first-year quarterback Aiden O'Connell. The rookie turned the ball over three times in Week 4, something that should have Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry licking his chops heading into Monday night's must-win game.
It's still relatively early in the season, but Monday in Vegas is about as close to a must-win game for Green Bay as it gets if the Packers hope to make a postseason run.
With the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, and the winner of the NFC South taking command through the first four weeks, Green Bay is going to be in a dog fight with a handful of teams battling for a playoff spot in the NFC.
The Las Vegas Raiders have scored just 62 points this season. That's a many as the New York Jets without Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders have lost three straight after winning their first game of the season -- look for that streak to continue.